Integrated Care Organisations

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Integrated care, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

Assura | Cambridgeshire PCT | accessed on 3 August 2009

Assura is working with groups of GPs across the country to develop new models of healthcare provision and organisation by working in partnership with other NHS bodies, such as local hospitals and PCT community services. The name for these partnerships is Integrated Care Organisations (ICOs).

Cambridgeshire ICO

In Cambridgeshire, Assura Cambridge has formed an ICO with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridgeshire Community Services to improve end of life care for over 170,000 patients.

The Cambridgeshire ICO proposal was one of only 16 projects across the country that were appointed by the Department of Health as ICO pilots and will aim to support more patients in their own homes and to shift resources from the hospital budgets to fund additional primary and community services.

Over the next two years, the three organisations will work together to identify the particular needs of dying patients in the community and find ways for different services and organisations to work together to enable people to be cared for and die in the place they choose.

The Department of Health will help the ICO pilot by giving the partnership funding to take part in the programme and by providing support when problems that need fixing are identified.


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